Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monet, a trip in London

Charing Cross Bridge, 1899

The artist's trips to London in 1889, 1900 and 1901 seemed to fall always in the foggy season. 
From his room in the Savoy Hotel, Monet had a view over the Thames towards Waterloo Bridge.

Charing Cross Bridge, 1901

Waterloo Bridge, 1901

Waterloo Bridge. Effect of Fog, 1903

Waterloo Bridge - circa 1899-1904

Waterloo Bridge, Sun Effect with Smoke

Waterloo Bridge, Gray Weather, 1900

Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1901

Londres le parlement reflets sur la Tamise, 1905

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).
This is just one of a series of famous views of London created by Monet during the later Impressionist 
period. The urban theme was making its  appearance not for the first time in his work, although Monet 
concentrated mainly on rural landscapes. In his cycle of London works, the central motif was the fog, the marvellous  way in which it changed light and air and the very atmosphere, literally swallowing up buildings. 
The capturing of the moment's passing impression which gave Impressionism  its name was replaced by an 
analysis of complex colour nuances in flickering, changing light.
source: Hermitage

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